Chapter 6 - Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry
Publisher SummaryThis chapter focuses on physical factors and processes, numerous principles and the transition of contaminant reactions from kinetics to equilibrium conditions in the environment. An introduction to basic environmental chemistry is provided, and then these concepts are applied to inorganic substances. It is important to bear in mind that the chemical processes include both the chemical characteristics of the compartment (e.g., air, water, soil, sediment, or biota) and those of the contaminant. One must constantly link the contaminant to where it resides in the environment. Environmental chemistry is the discipline that concerns itself with how chemicals are formed, how they are introduced into the environment, how they change after being introduced, where they end up in organisms and other receptors, and the effects they have (usually the damage they do) once they get there. Furthermore, the chapter also deals with the discussion of inorganic and organic chemistry.
Daniel A. Vallero
Publication date: 2004/01/01